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Graffiti School

Graffiti School
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Copyright: Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4943 W: 320 N: 8497] (33444)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-06-19
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Event
Camera: Sony ILCE6300, sony 18-200mm - sel18200
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Graffiti & murals collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2018-05-17 4:30
Viewed: 882
Points: 42
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Graffiti School - Amsterdam

Regularly photos appear on TrekEarth of murals and graffiti. Gert recently wrote about the free-for-all legal "graffiti wall" in Stockholm.
Amsterdam also has an excellent opportunity for upcoming Graffiti artists and Wall Painters to practice and inspire each other.
Almost a year ago I already presented how the former NDSM site (NDSM = Nederlandsche Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij = Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company) in Amsterdam North has become an artistic haven for contemporary creativity including extensive possibilities for graffiti.
A large number of old sea containers and a number of suitable walls are available for experiments. The large sheds of the former shipbuilder have also been transformed into creative spaces suitable for all kinds of art forms.
Today I start a short series that gives an impression of this area one year ago. Soon I hope to visit the side again to take pictures of the development since then.
First three examples of Graffiti.

■ Main picture: ◙ VAUX
■ Workshop 1: ◙ REK MS
■ Workshop 2: ◙ MOKUM

Make: SONY-ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 20,00
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 66 mm
Date Taken: 2017-06-19 11:35
Metering Mode: Pattern

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I was patiently waiting for the two WS's pictures to be posted, Rob, you know I like graffiti walls on photos, regarded by me as street art with a "say".
Cheerful collection, and I guess you have more of that stuff to come.
Colors are amazingly vivid, well done.
I will choose to add these to my "Grafitti" theme.
Good afternoon,

Hello Rob,
It beats looking at a blank container wall, but I remain to be convinced this sort of stuff can be classed as 'art'. Mais, chacun a son gout as they say in France. Well framed image with excellent colours and sharpness.

Hello Rob,
The paintings you show here are marginally better made than those on the Hornstull graffiti wall, but you present them very nicely. Together they form an attractive set of bright pictures. I think that some of these kids will develop their skill if they keep working in places like this where they cause no harm. "MOKUM" seems to be someone's alias, but it sounds like the acronym of a new museum.
Best wishes,

Hi Rob,

The artist has a lot of imagination regarding his work. The point of view is showing the details of the graffiti. The light is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.


Ciao Rob,original murale, fantasticl colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Rob,

C'est vraiment très coloré et vibrant d'énergie, mais somme toute ce n'est qu'une signature sur un mur. Plus près du graffiti que de la murale.



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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-05-17 6:27]

Hallo Rob,
De toenemende populariteit (zeker ook op TE) en kwaliteit van dergelijke muurschilderingen deed al vermoeden dat hier wel een school voor moest zijn. Het is een kleurrijke foto met mooie contrasten zowel in kleur als vorm.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10365 W: 161 N: 17205] (131115)
  • [2018-05-17 9:12]

Witaj Rob!
Work of art, graffiti is impressive.
Excellent presentation.
I like colors and sjarpness.
Well done.
Good evening.

Hello Rob,

good image of these graffitis, I like more the blue one.... details are excellent to show this kind of urban art, well seen,

Best regards,


Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazani grafiti, dobar kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepi grafiti i detalji lepih boja.
Mladi grafitima, ostavljaju svoje poruke.
Zelim vam lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photos in the workshop, beautifully shown graffiti, good contrast, nice colors.
Beautiful graffiti and details of beautiful colors.
Young graffiti, leave their messages.
I wish you a nice day, all the best.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12324 W: 126 N: 22230] (113175)
  • [2018-05-17 10:43]

Ciao Rob,3 very rich graffitis coming from this playground school,i don't know which is the best,but i prefere the blue of the WS,very sharp and bright captures as usual. Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello dear Rob and have a nice time
I red carefull your useful notes
about graffiti and that Gert wrote
about the free for all legal
graffiti wall in Stockholm
here the colors are amazingly
vivid drawing our attention

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-05-17 12:01]

Hello Rob,
the practice of all those aspiring artists dealing with graffiti and even in a container space is an extraordinary idea that the city authorities had.
I like the presentation with all these beautiful and contrasted colours.


Hi Rob
what I like about these are how colourful and bright they are, its like they're being shined upon by a light source.
they basically yell at me through the monitor :)
Fun subjects, vivid and striking. Looking forward to the next groupings. cheers

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-05-18 0:51]

Hello Rob,

'Vaux is not a commonly used word in English but apparently the closest match is 'community'. I would much rather have a public space for budding artists than if they went around defacing peoples homes and private property. Good framing, color and sharpness. Tfs!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-05-18 1:24]


quelle vue et compo quelle iamge et cpatage sueprbe dessin coloré et iamger quel rendu sur ce mur sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Rob,

The idea of having walls specifically for street artists is one of the best decisions made in urban areas. I hate the see beautiful building daubed with graffiti but quite enjoy perusing it when used to enliven grey, unappealing surfaces.
These three photographs, that you have shown us, gives an insight into the colours and the talent of these budding artists or cartoonists.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
  • [2018-05-18 4:27]

Dag Rob,

Ik krijg soms meer en meer wardering voor graffiti spuiters.
Somms geven ze een mooi bootschap mee.
Alleen hou ik niet van nacht overspuiters die meer kapot maken dan mooi, in Gent zijn er nog steeds een paar die dit echt goed kunnen.
Goed foto werk Rob, bedankt.

Prettig Pinster weekend, het weer wordt beter nu met wat zon er bij.

Hello Rob,
It's nice to see some street art from Amsterdam. I wonder if that pink face is a self-portrait of the artist. :-) The red container makes an excellent background, since it adds even more color to the scene.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10773 W: 146 N: 27120] (129847)
  • [2018-05-19 0:18]

Hello Rob, The wall for the future graffiti artists is a splendid idea. I prefer to see such pictures painted on the special wall than on the real buildings. Then it would be vandalism for me. Nice colours.
Have a nice weekend
Kind regards Malgo

Hello, Rob!

Beautiful graffiti, very colorful as it must be, which makes the composition so attractive! Very good framing to show its interesting and curious details! Excellent job!

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